NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

Tampa Bay area student researchers return from studying the Gulf of Mexico’s health

Tampa Bay area researchers and college students recently returned ashore after an eight-day excursion collecting data from the Gulf of Mexico. They were aboard the Research Vessel Weatherbird II, a boat equipped with advanced laboratories and sensor technology. Courtesy / Rebecca Larson In transit to first site out of about 10 overall. With each working … Read more

‘Avatar’ will return to cinemas before sequel ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

Nearly 13 years after audiences were awed by the immersive opulence of director James Cameron’s “Avatar” and its exotic planet Pandora, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is slated to arrive in cinemas on Dec. 16. This mega-budget sci-fi sequel has been a long time coming, mostly to allow for CGI technology to advance enough to … Read more

Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Conceptual drawing of a Mars Sample Retrieval Lander. (Image credit: NASA) The robotic return of pristine samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning March collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface to … Read more

Artemis I Rocket, Spacecraft Prepare for Return To Launch Pad To Finish Wet Dress Rehearsal Test

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the Orion capsule atop, in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA / Kim Shiflett Since returning to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ground systems teams have worked to prepare the … Read more

Astronauts Have Distinct Brain Changes Even Months After They Return to Earth

Flung into freefall for months on end, our bodies adjust in ways that makes for a long list of health concerns for space travelers. The latest evaluation of microgravity’s warping effect on our biology focuses on the spaces surrounding the blood vessels that weave through our brain, revealing concerning changes that remain with astronauts between … Read more

Watch SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts return from space station

A SpaceX spacecraft carrying four astronauts will return to Earth before dawn on Friday (May 6) and you can watch it happen live online. The SpaceX Dragon capsule Endurance is poised to splash down off the coast of Florida at 12:43 am EDT (0443 GMT) to wrap up a six-month mission to the International Space … Read more